The next day I had decided to do the walk to Lower and Upper Slaughter. The first part of the walk was through Bourton and past the church and then past the primary school. When building an extension to the latter they found the remains of an Iron Age settlement and so to get the children involved they make a replica Iron Age hut.
Unfortunately the local adder population found this an attractive place to live, I was told! The walk continued on through Bourton until I reached the A429, which I had to cross – a busy road so that took a while. The walk then led through a very pleasant wooded area beside the River Eye.
This came out in Lower Slaughter and the route then followed the road (for too long!) before taking a path through fields and a bit more road that came out onto a little green, with a bench. I stopped there for elevenses.
The route then passed trough the gate and followed a fairly muddy path beside the river to a ford and footbridge.
I then followed the road up and took a small alleyway which led to the church, which I had a quick look at, then took the alternative path away from the church into the main part of Upper Slaughter. The route was then along the road for a while before taking a side path and then through several fields back to Lower Slaughter.
Following the road for a short distance brought me to The Mill, which was supposed to be a museum, shop and tea-room. Only the shop part was open, which was disappointing as there was only very touristy stuff to buy and I had been looking forward to the museum. The walk was then past the mill wheel and along the river for a while.
There were then several fields and I accidentally took the short cut back to Bourton, which was recommended if it was muddy. I think the problem was that where they said “open fields” in fact part was fenced off so it didn’t look very open! The route I took was obviously the popular one from Bourton as there were quite a lot of people.
I got back to the hotel in time to have lunch there. I looked for another walk to do in the afternoon, but they were all a bit too long. Instead I sat in the garden, as the sun had come out and read my book.
The next day it was home and it only took just over 2 hours as the queues through Marlborough were very short, in both directions, thankfully.
So? Quite a pleasant break, but I do find the Cotswolds quite boring – all the villages are much the same with the houses all made of the same stone and one field is much like another….